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Historical Sites

Bits of history can be found throughout and around Marshall. Check out this list of recommended attractions to start your tour!

Historical Attractions

Saline County Courthouse

Marshall Square

19 E. Arrow

660-886-3324
Located in the center of the town square, the Saline County Courthouse was built in 1882. The 110’x110’ cross gable with a central tower building, is built of red pressed brick and trimmed in limestone. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. In 2005, the Courthouse lawn became a demonstration site for treescape planning and management as part of a TRIM Project that the County government spearheaded for Saline County.

 

World War I Doughboy Statue
Saline County Courthouse north entrance

19 E. Arrow
660-886-3324
Authorized by a special act of the state legislature on May 6, 1919, the Doughboy Memorial was dedicated on October 12, 1927. The statue “is to commemorate the part played in World War I by Saline County soldiers, sailors and marines. It is also to commemorate the work of those who had stay-at-home duties. In other words, this statue is a tribute to every Saline County resident in every activity which bore on the war.”

Veteran’s Memorial
Saline County Courthouse Southeast Lawn

19 E. Arrow
660-886-3324
In 1991, a red granite memorial was erected on the southeast corner of the lawn to honor those who paid the ultimate price for their country from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf War and the War in Iraq.

 

Civil War Driving Tour
Marshall Area

Brochures and maps available at the Chamber of Commerce

214 N. Lafayette
660-886-3324
Throughout the Civil War, Marshall was garrisoned by Union Troops. Although Marshall was strategically unimportant, the town was the victim of two Confederate raids and site of the climactic Battle of Marshall. Driving Tour brochures are available at the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Dennis Brothers Equine Civil War Monument
Ridge Park Cemetery

780 E. Yerby
660-886-3324
This equestrian monument, erected as a symbol of the struggle of the war which divided the Dennis Brothers in their youth, symbolizes the war service of Austin and Davis Dennis. The theme of the monument is one of unity rather than division. It was sculpted by the famous Italian Bartholli at Barre, Vermont, and was set in place in the summer of 1901. “Parted in life only by individual thinking and opinions, the brothers are united through the ages by a common tomb.”

 

Pennytown Church & Historic Site

County Road 205,

Marshall, Mo
660-886-3324
In 1871, Joe Penny, a freedman from Kentucky, paid $160 for eight acres of land in Saline County, Missouri. Eleven other purchases were made by Penny and other black families which constituted the sixty-four acres known as Pennytown, the largest of Saline County’s black hamlets. In 1988, the church building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (See list of events for information on Pennytown Reunion.)

 

Jim the Wonder Dog Garden
102 North Lafayette
660-886-8300
This beautiful garden commemorates Marshall’s famous canine legend. Informative story boards tell Jim the Wonder Dog’s story while you stroll through this peaceful botanical park and water garden, accented by an ivy-covered wall and bronze statue of Jim. The garden is open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk.

 

Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum
Marshall Airport, 1985 South Odell Ave
660-886-2630
If you're an aviation buff, don't miss this fascinating museum!  In the late 1920’s, Marshall was the home of the world’s largest civilian air schools, the manufacturing home of the Barline NB-3 aircraft, and home to the infamous Marshall Flying School, one of the largest and most successful flying schools in the country.  The museum includes interesting memorabilia and hands-on displays. It shares space with the Martin Community Center.

 

First Presbyterian Church – The Rock Church
212 East North Street
660-886-5112
Located at North Street and Odell, one block off the square, the church was used as a hospital and logistics headquarters in the Battle of Marshall in the Civil War.

 

Statue of Liberty Replica – Indian Foothills Park 
1510 East Eastwood Street
660-886-7128
At the entrance to Indian Foothills Park is a small replica of the Statue of Liberty. At one time, there were many of these replicas in the US but she is representative of a small number which survive.

 

Jim the Wonder Dog Museum inside Marshall Welcome Center

101 North Lafayette
660-886-8300
Visit the Welcome Center to learn more about the attractions and events in Marshall and Saline County. See videos and displays about places to go and the history of the area. The Jim the Wonder Dog Museum showcases the story of Jim and features artifacts.   Jim memorabilia is available in the gift shop too.

Mural Driving Tour

2017 Solar Eclipse Commemorative Mural

Southeast corner of the downtown square at Jefferson & Arrow Streets

 

Missouri Valley College Commemorative Mural

Southeast corner of the downtown square at Jefferson & Arrow Streets

 

Jim the Wonder Dog Commemorative Mural

Northwest corner of the downtown square at Lafayette & North Streets

 

Historical Wood & Huston Bank

Can be viewed looking west from 214 N. Lafayette Street

P.O. Box 427

Marshall, Mo 65340

(660) 886-6889

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